Steven Millhauser, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Martin Dressler, creates a magical spell of the moon in this beguiling short work. Its fascinating visions make Enchanted Night a symphony of light and shadow. One hot summer night, as the full moon rises over a small Connecticut town, people are pulled outside by its radiant force. A 14-year-old girl throws her bedclothes aside. An aspiring author leaves his attic room. A gang of masked young women roam the streets. Supernatural creatures come to life: the mannequin in a store window, dolls forgotten in a corner, goat-footed Pan in the forest. Following the moon as it shines on the town, Enchanted Night is laced with choruses of night sounds. Narrator Linda Stephens captures the voice of each character and the rhythms of each chapter. Original and inventive, this book is a luminous delight.
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by Lee Smith
by Mark Salzman
by Angela Davis-Gardner
by Loula Grace Erdman
by Anne C. George
by Steven Millhauser
by Gish Jen
"In this short and stylized work, Steven Millhauser takes the ordinary event of a full moon and turns it on its head. Rather than regarding the moon with the usual fondness, an entire Connecticut town is drawn outdoors, wooed by a new kind of luminous magic. Most of the time Linda Stephens's narration suits the stylistic choices Millhauser made in his text: staccato sentences, odd observations... There are points, however, where her performance seems too aware of itself, and listeners run the risk of being swept up by linguistic eloquence and not the story itself. Happily these points are few and far enough between not to hinder the rare magic of this enchanted audiobook. R.A.P. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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